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# How do you find the straight grain of a pieces of fabric?

I need to cut this fabric with the grain and am having a hard time determine where it is.

 +1 vote! +7 you voted Answer by  quisqualis (1756) On wovens, the grain is parallel to the selvage. On knits, it is parallel to the knitting. You may want to use a magnifying glass to better see the knitting.

 +1 vote! +7 you voted Answer by  annie52foof (1459) The best way I find to find the straight grain of the fabric is to fray the end of the fabric by pulling out a few threads, then take one thread a few strands up from them and pull it out. It will leave a straight space in the fabric.

 +1 vote! +6 you voted Answer by  Rivka (217) The straight grain follows the warp threads, parallel threads running lengthways down woven fabric, interlacing with the weft threads, which run horizontial in the fabric. These warp threads run parallel to the selvage. Selvage is a plain narrow strip down the sides that stop the fabric from fraying.

 +1 vote! +5 you voted Answer by  CGrandbois (12) On a woven fabric, make an inch long snip into the selvidge edge. With a hand on each side of the cut, pull the fabric firmly apart. Fabric will tear on the straight of grain.

 +1 vote! +5 you voted Answer by  mollie25 (5) The straight of grain on a piece of fabric runs parallel to its selvage edge. Where there is no selvage, the grain of fabric has very little or no stretch.

 +1 vote! +5 you voted Answer by  annie52foof (1459) First fray the end a little bit of the piece of fabric you are using, then take one piece of string from the fabric and pull it straight out. Voila!

 +1 vote! +5 you voted Answer by  mommy5 (144) On the edge of one side of all fabric is a noticable difference in the fabric. It's like the threads are closer together to make a tight edge. You line the arrow on the fabric pattern going in the same direction with that edge or if you are cutting without a patter, just cut parallel to that edge.